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Helen Elden


Diagnostik och vård vid akuta och kritiska
Arvid Wallgrens backe hus 1 och 2
41346 Göteborg
Box 457
40530 Göteborg


Reproduktiv och perinatal
Arvid wallgrens backe hus 1 och 2
41346 Göteborg
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

Om Helen Elden

Helen Elden is an associate professor in reproductive and perinatal health, section manager for the Reproductive and perinatal health CAE (Complete academic environment) including education, research and collaboration.

The Programme in Midwifery Science leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery. Upon completion of the programme, the student can apply for a licence as a midwife with the National Board of Health and Welfare. The programme also provides the basis for completing a one-year master’s degree. Continued studies are offered to achieve a full two-year master's degree in the main field of study. A few places in the programme are reserved for achieving a full two-year master's degree. The Master program in Reproductive and perinatal health is the only available in Sweden.

Lecturer from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Health and Rehabilitation/ Physiotherapy, at the Institute of Clinical sciences teach in the Programme in Midwifery Science.

Helen is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Helen gives lectures about ethics and sensory stimulation. She is also a university senior consultant midwife at the special unit for women with pregnancy-related complications at Sahlgrenska university hospital.

She is a member of the national ethics committee', The Staf portal, the center PROMISE and the Childbirth Research Group. She is also a member in the steering committees in the SWEdish Postterm Induction Study (SWEPIS) and the The OutPatienTInductiON study (OPTION), which are projects within SNAKS (Swedish Network for NAtional Clinical Studies within OB/Gyn).

Helen has dual registration as nurse (1980) and midwife (1985), she has a diploma in medical acupuncture and a PhD in medical science (2008). Her thesis: Treatment modalities for Pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women were performed at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden). The first paper in her thesis showed that acupuncture was efficient for PGP in pregnant women and was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Research: Helens main research interests are about: Acupuncture; Pelvic girdle pain in relation to pregnancy, Treatment strategies for post-term pregnancy (SWEPIS), Induction of labour (OPTION), Pregnancy and childbirth as a political process (PREGDEM), preeclampsia (GO-PROVE), Un-documented pregnant womens experiences and Triage of pregnant and newly delivered women by the Gothenburg Obstetric Triage System (GOTS).

Helen is currently involved in several national and international multiprofessional research projects for example: Inward and outward- How pregnancy and childbirth affects political interest, PREGDEM (with Political sciences at University of Gothenburg, Canada and Ireland), SWEPIS, OPTION, The GOthenburg-PReeclampsiaadVerseEffect, GOPROVE-project (South Africa), Gothenburg Obstetric Triage System (GOTS) are in collaboration with departments at The Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska academy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and SNAKS.

Helen has finished supervision for two doctoral students (2019). and Anna Wessberg got the prize for the best thesis at the institution 2019. Helen is currently the main supervisor for two doctoral students and a co-supervisor for one doctoral student. 1. One PhD project is in the SWEPIS, which overall aim is to attain deeper knowledge of elective induction of labor in women with post-term pregnancy. This PhD project evaluates childbirth experiences with the Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), registered scores in the Swedish Pregnancy register and throw qualitative interviews. 2. The second PhD project is in GO-PROVE. The aim has been divided into three parts: 1) To compare the results between women with PE and healthy pregnant women (controls) regarding cognitive ability, self-reported health related quality of life, general self-efficacy, anxiety and depression, childbirth experience and self-efficacy of breastfeeding. 2) To gain knowledge of the experience of partners to women with PE in regards to the care and treatment of the affected woman and themselves by qualitative in-depth interviews. 3) To investigate any association between the cognitive ability with PE and possible brain transformations detectable through MRI, during pregnancy and a year postpartum compared with healthy controls. 3. The third Phd project is in GOTS, in which triage of pregnant and newly delivered women will be implemented at The North Alvsborgs hospital, Trollhättan and Danderyds hospital, Stockholm. We will evaluate GOTS effects on patient’s health and patients and health care professionals’ experiences of the GOTS.

Keywords: Acupuncture; Childbirth; Ethics; Obstetrics; Patient reported outcomes (PROMS); Patient reported experiences; Pregnancy-related Pelvic girdle pain; Qualitative research, Randomised controlled trials.